Jewish Politics, Jewish Power|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies, Middle Eastern Studies|
What has Judaism to do with politics? Is there such a thing as a Jewish political tradition before the establishment of the modern State of Israel? This course will take a close look at the history of Jewish political thought and the implementation of Jewish power, both in the past and in the present. We will begin with an overview of the current debate over religion and politics and how it impacts the case of Jewish statehood. We will then look at the roots of Jewish power in antiquity and the development of political thought in classical and medieval Jewish sources before turning to the challenges and controversies associated with modern Jewish politics and statehood and the ambiguous relationship between religion and politics. In addition to numerous sources from the Jewish tradition, we will explore the implications of Jewish power and powerlessness in contemporary Jewish literature and film.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
David Biale, POWER AND POWERLESSNESS IN JEWISH HISTORY
Michael Walzer ed., THE JEWISH POLITICAL TRADITION
Arthur Hertzberg ed., THE ZIONIST IDEA
Yaron Ezrahi, RUBBER BULLETS: POWER AND CONSCIENCE IN MODERN ISRAEL
Aviezer Ravitsky, MESSIANISM, ZIONISM, AND JEWISH RELIGIOUS RADICALISM
Amos Oz, IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final papers, short Moodle postings.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.